The Individual Delinquent: A Text-book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All Concerned in Understanding Offenders

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Little, Brown, 1915 - Crime - 830 pages

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Page 449 - This is the mildest degree of mental defect, and the feeble-minded person is ' ' one who is capable of earning a living under favorable circumstances, but is incapable, from mental defect existing from birth, or from an early age, (a) of competing on equal terms with his normal fellows; or (b) of managing himself and his affairs with ordinary prudence.
Page 727 - Pathological Lying is falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, engaged in by a person who at the time of observation cannot definitely be declared insane, feebleminded or epileptic. Such lying rarely if ever centers about a single event...
Page 449 - Idiots, that is to say, persons so deeply defective in mind from birth or from an early age as to be unable to guard themselves against common physical dangers.
Page 161 - The physical and mental constitution of both criminal and law-abiding persons, of the same age, stature, class, and intelligence, are identical. There is no such thing as an anthropological criminal type.
Page 449 - One who, by reason of mental defect existing from birth, or from an early age, is incapable of earning his own living, but is capable of guarding himself against common physical dangers.
Page 35 - The opening of the interview with some such friendly and reasonable statement as the following has been found in itself to have a rationalizing effect. One may say: "Well, you people do seem to have a difficult affair on your hands with this boy. Let's sit down and talk it all over, and study it out together — how it all began and what's going to happen. I'm at your service. Did you ever think it all out carefully?
Page 52 - Investigation of an effective system for recording the physical and moral status and the hereditary and environmental conditions of delinquents, and in particular of the persistent offender; the same to contemplate, in complex urban conditions, the use of consulting experts in the contributory sciences.
Page 306 - In nearly all people visual memory and visual imagery play the most dynamic part in mental life, it is the thing seen which is presented again in consciousness with the greatest force and probably the greatest frequency. The strength of the powers of visualization is to be deeply reckoned with when considered with springs of criminality . . . The individual with paucity of healthy mental instincts is much more likely to be...
Page 154 - Altogether there seems to be no proof whatever from our extensive material that there is such a thing as criminalistic inheritance apart from some otherwise significant physical or mental trait, which in the offender and his forbears, forms the basis of delinquency.
Page 10 - Practically all confirmed criminals begin their careers in childhood or early youth. The fact of this remarkable early development of a definite tendency towards criminality was soon clear to us, both through observable trends in young offenders, and through the life histories of older delinquents.

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